POTUS Day Ahead: G-8 edition
May 18th, 2012
07:43 AM ET

POTUS Day Ahead: G-8 edition

Friday marks the beginning of the G-8 summit at Camp David. Leaders from eight of the largest economies in the world will be arriving at Washington’s Dulles Airport throughout the day, and in the morning President Obama will hold his first meeting with newly elected French President Francois Hollande.

Following his bilateral meeting at the White House, Hollande will head across the street to Blair House for a luncheon hosted by Secretary Hillary Clinton.

The G8 schedule begins with working dinner for leaders only at Camp David on Friday night. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said the dinner would include conversations on “regional and political issues” with a focus on “security issues.”

Specifically, Donilon said likely issues include Iran, where the U.S. is looking to advance the theme of international unity as well as preview expectations of the May 23rd second round of meetings with Iranians in Baghdad; North Korea; Burma, where the administration is emphasizing “remarkable progress” and “the start of a long but promising path towards democracy;” and Syria.

Saturday the summit will turn to the global economic crisis, which is widely seen as the central focus of the G8 meeting. Additionally there will be separate sessions dedicated to energy and climate, food security, the Afghan economic transition and the Middle East and North Africa transition. Donilon also emphasized on Thursday that leaders would likely have individual meetings on the “margins” of the larger conference, citing this as one of the prime reasons why Camp David was selected as the site for this summit.

But before all the G8 excitement begins, Obama is scheduled to deliver what White House officials have called “a very important speech” on food security at the Reagan building on Friday morning. To add to the conversation on food security at Camp David, four African leaders will also be attending the summit – current chairman of the African Union, Yayi Bonin of Benin, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and President Atta Mills of Ghana. These leaders were chosen because of their work on food security in their own nations.

Below is the full schedule as released by the White House:

10:15AM THE PRESIDENT will deliver remarks at the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security

Ronald Reagan Building

Open Press

11:00AM THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with President Francois Hollande of France

Oval Office

Pool Spray at the Bottom with Statements

6:00PM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Camp David

South Lawn

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6:30PM THE PRESIDENT arrives at Camp David

Camp David

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7:30PM THE PRESIDENT greets G8 leaders

Camp David

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7:50PM THE PRESIDENT hosts a welcome reception for G8 leaders

Camp David

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8:00PM THE PRESIDENT hosts a working dinner for G8 leaders

Camp David

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Topics: Daily Schedule • G-8

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. milan milenkovic

    To me, G8 should focus on economy first : US national debt is $ 15,6 trillion, and EU countries have large national deficit… ! G8 economies account for around 53% of the world’s GDP, but USA “ economy recovery was painfully SLOW “ ( From other side, slow economic recovery in US and EU already slow down growth in BRIC : in last quarter in 2011, growth in Brazil was 2,7%, in India = 6,1%, in China= 7,5% ( lower than they expect). But, other Countries will NOT wait for us, should we move forward or keep status quo and play political games ( like we did in Congress during last 3 years). Example: second BRICS meeting in India, on 03.28.12, for there better economy!
    Do NOT forget that European success is USA success, too: there is “ fundamental bonds that exist between the EU and USA…On security issues, as well as on economic issues, we could not have a closer partner than the European Union” – Pr. Obama.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  2. Mitiku

    why the world leading media ignore Ethiopian voice,what is democracy? what is going on in Ethiopia? PM Zenawi is a dictator he should be sent to Camp x ray Gontanimo, not camp David

    May 18, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  3. Ayele

    Indeed, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia is a dictator! Work hard on dictators and struggle for your freedom, the main street media will follow you!

    May 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  4. MEI



    USA CONGRESSMEN DID NOT AND WILL NOT BRING FOOD ,JUSTICE AND/OR DEMOCRACY TO the needy ETHIOPIANS SO FAR.The Obama congressmen will be satisfied since ETHIOPIA’S PRIME MINSTER-GENOCIDER Meles ZENAWI will once again buy time and continue his genocidal rule for years to come while we Ethiopians just wait until their effort in urgeing Meles Zenawi start bearing any fruit. Ethiopians are out of time!

    May 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm |